Salmon Noodle Casserole

Salmon Noodle Casserole on a plate with a fork

The Spruce / Qi Ai

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
710 Calories
42g Fat
38g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 710
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 944mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 436mg 34%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 688mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Canned salmon and prepared soups appear on pantry lists as a great items to have. This is a recipe that uses both for a quick and easy casserole, a dump-and-bake dish for any weeknight. 

In a few simple steps and 40 minutes, you’ll have lunch or dinner on the table. This recipe is very versatile; you can make substitutions to your family’s taste. 

If you find green pepper too bitter, you can substitute with any other color of pepper of your choice. Orange and yellow peppers are slightly sweeter than green pepper, and red bell pepper is the sweetest of all. Or, you can use frozen peas instead of peppers. 

The condensed cream of celery soup is added to the sauce as is, the same way the classic green bean casserole adds cream of mushroom soup. When using prepared soup in a casserole dish, you need the concentrated from without diluting it with water, unlike serving it as an actual soup.

For the pasta, wide noodles such as egg noodles work well in a casserole. But you can also use other short pasta such as penne or ziti. Since the recipe only calls for a small amount, you might just have enough leftover cooked noodles.

The addition of black olives is optional but don’t skip the delicious breadcrumb topic. It’s usually what wins over even picky eaters.

The casserole can be made ahead. Make the sauce and assemble the ingredients but leave out the breadcrumb topping. Cover it tightly with foil and refrigerate it for up to a day or two. When you are ready to bake it, remove the casserole come from the fridge and leave it at room temperature while you preheat the oven. Remove the foil, add the breadcrumb topping and bake following the recipe.

Leftovers keep in the fridge for two to three days in an airtight container and can be reheated in the microwave or in the oven.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (16-ounce) can salmon, drained and flaked

  • 4 ounces medium noodles, cooked

  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives, optional

  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Salmon Noodle Casserole ingredients in bowls

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In saucepan, cook green pepper and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender.

    Green peppers and onions in a saucepan on a burner

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  3. Add soup and milk; heat until bubbly, stirring constantly.

    Soup, milk, green pepper and onion in a saucepan with a spoon, on a burner

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  4. Add cheese; stir until melted.

    Soup in a saucepan on a burner, being stirred with a wooden spoon

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  5. Stir in salmon, drained noodles and olives, if using.

    Salmon, noodles and olives added to the soup in the saucepan on the burner

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  6. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter and toss with breadcrumbs.

    Butter and breadcrumb mixture in a bowl with a spoon

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  7. Transfer salmon-noodle mixture to a 1 1/2-quart casserole and top with the buttered breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

    Salmon Noodle Casserole in a baking dish

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